Arusha National Park is the closest park to Arusha town the Tanzania Tourist Hub. The park feature a spectacular view of Mount Meru and diverse ecosystems
Arusha National Park is an ideal destination for day trip from the town of Arusha and Moshi town. The remarkable features of the Arusha National Park include the slopes, summit, and ash cone of Mt. Meru, Ngurdoto Crater, the Momela Lakes, and the lush highland forests that blanket its lower slopes. Game viewing around the Momela Lakes is at a laid-back and quiet pace, and while passing through the forest many visitors stop to search for troupes of rare colubus monkeys playing in the canopy.
Activities while in Arusha National Park
Among the activities one can do while in Arusha National park include climbing Mount Meru, game drive, canoeing safari and walking tour. Climbing Mount Meru is just three to four days trek. Along the lower slopes, the paths to rivers and waterfalls create a relaxing day hike for visitors who don’t want to attempt the rather arduous climb. Ancient fig tree forests, crystal clear waters cascading from mountain streams, and a chance to spot colobus monkeys are the attractions and pleasures of Arusha National Park.
The entrance gate leads into shadowy montane forest inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys and colourful turacos and trogons – the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey is easily seen. In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog.
Further north, rolling grassy hills enclose the tranquil beauty of the Momela Lakes, each one having a different hue of green or blue. There are shallows sometimes tinged pink with thousands of flamingos. The lakes support a rich selection of resident and migrant waterfowl, and also shaggy waterbucks that display their large lyre-shaped horns on the watery fringes. Giraffes glide across the grassy hills, between grazing zebra herds, whilst pairs of wide-eyed dik-dik dart into scrubby bush like overgrown hares on spindly legs.
Wildlife in Arusha National Park
Common animals include giraffes, Zebras, Buffaloes and a variety of antelopes. There is no lions in this park while elephants are uncommon seen. Leopards and spotted hyenas may be seen slinking around in the early morning and late afternoon.
Size of The Arusha National Park
552 sq km (212 sq miles).
Location: Northern Tanzania, northeast of Arusha town.
An easy 40-minute drive from Arusha. It is approximately 60 km (35 miles) from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lakes, forest and Ngurdoto Crater can all be visited in the course of a half-day outing at the beginning or end of an extended northern safari.
NOTE: Mountain Climbing Permits duration time is 12 HOURS.